Verse > W.B. Yeats > The Wild Swans at Coole

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

36. The Cat and the Moon

THE CAT went here and there 
And the moon spun round like a top, 
And the nearest kin of the moon 
The creeping cat looked up. 
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,         5
For wander and wail as he would 
The pure cold light in the sky 
Troubled his animal blood. 
Minnaloushe runs in the grass, 
Lifting his delicate feet.  10
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance? 
When two close kindred meet 
What better than call a dance? 
Maybe the moon may learn, 
Tired of that courtly fashion,  15
A new dance turn. 
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass 
From moonlit place to place, 
The sacred moon overhead 
Has taken a new phase.  20
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils 
Will pass from change to change, 
And that from round to crescent, 
From crescent to round they range? 
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass  25
Alone, important and wise, 
And lifts to the changing moon 
His changing eyes. 



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